E.J.Wilkins

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photoblog image Sanctuary of Our Lady of the Cape, Cape Espechal.

Sanctuary of Our Lady of the Cape, Cape Espechal.


The Water House

This information is taken from a photograph of an information board near the bottom of these steps.

The "Casa da Água" (Water House) building dates back to 1770 and is part of a network supplying potable water to the sanctuary through an aqueduct that began at "mãe d'água" (Mother water), a number of springs in the neighbouring village of Azoia that were combined into a domes fountain.

The hexagonal building houses a "rocaille" fountain, and its walls were decorated in murals showing scenes from day-to-day 18th century life.

- in Portuguese (apologies for any spelling mistakes)

A "Casa da Água e un edificio datado de 1770, e enquandra-se no circuito de abastecimento de agua potavel ao santuario, por um aqueduto que principiava na "mãe d'água", conjunto de nascentes existeentes na vizinha aldeia da Azola e que eram reunidas sob uma fonte abobadada.

O edificio apresenta uma planta hexagonal e alberga no seu interior uma fonte "rocaille", tendo as suas paredes sido revestidas port paineis de azulejos come cenas quotidianas oitocentistas.

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The Water House stands a few hundred yards away from the main sanctuary buildings, behind where you would stand to take - this picture -.

Inside the water house is a beautiful marble "fountain", with an ornate lion's head framed by a stylized scallop shell at the top of a recessed marble arch perhaps ten or more feet tall. It looks rather like a drinking trough until you get close enough to see that it's very deep. It continues to contain clear water - a testament that the aqueduct still carries fresh water to the site.

Unfortunately the azulejos are no longer there.
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Sanctuary of Our Lady of the Cape, Cape Espechal.


The Water House

This information is taken from a photograph of an information board near the bottom of these steps.

The "Casa da Água" (Water House) building dates back to 1770 and is part of a network supplying potable water to the sanctuary through an aqueduct that began at "mãe d'água" (Mother water), a number of springs in the neighbouring village of Azoia that were combined into a domes fountain.

The hexagonal building houses a "rocaille" fountain, and its walls were decorated in murals showing scenes from day-to-day 18th century life.

- in Portuguese (apologies for any spelling mistakes)

A "Casa da Água e un edificio datado de 1770, e enquandra-se no circuito de abastecimento de agua potavel ao santuario, por um aqueduto que principiava na "mãe d'água", conjunto de nascentes existeentes na vizinha aldeia da Azola e que eram reunidas sob uma fonte abobadada.

O edificio apresenta uma planta hexagonal e alberga no seu interior uma fonte "rocaille", tendo as suas paredes sido revestidas port paineis de azulejos come cenas quotidianas oitocentistas.

.....

The Water House stands a few hundred yards away from the main sanctuary buildings, behind where you would stand to take - this picture -.

Inside the water house is a beautiful marble "fountain", with an ornate lion's head framed by a stylized scallop shell at the top of a recessed marble arch perhaps ten or more feet tall. It looks rather like a drinking trough until you get close enough to see that it's very deep. It continues to contain clear water - a testament that the aqueduct still carries fresh water to the site.

Unfortunately the azulejos are no longer there.
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comments (16)

This is really intriguing Ellie: thank you for showing this
EJWilkins: I'd never given much thought to where aqueducts lead before seeing this place. OK so it isn't in great condition, but it's there and tells so much.
Lovely POV on this one--I like how you've kept it low to accentuate the steps.
EJWilkins: Ah, but what you don't know is that I wasn't low, I was about a third of the way up the steps and at that point it just looked beautiful, so the camera took over wink
Nice picture of an interesting place Ellie
EJWilkins: Have you ever thought where aqueducts end up?
  • FLOOG
  • The pastures of a contented heart
  • 7 Dec 2008, 08:08
What a fabulous composition, Ellie. So visually appealing, the decayed steps and framing really compliment the scene.

A terrific image
EJWilkins: They seem to have designed it to look nice, this wasn't contrived, all I had to do was stand there about a third of the way up the steps and take the picture - typical holiday photo sort of thing. It's a fantastic place to visit
A fine image, building and compositional angle. richard
A very enticing picture - I want to walk up those steps and see the inside for myself. And I want to look through that open gateway and see what it on the other side. You've done really well here Ellie, and thank you for the information, too.
EJWilkins: I can tell you that you'd be astonished by what you see through the gap in the wall on the left! Time to take a trip to Portugal Sheila wink
Quite a nice perspective shot with a beautiful lighting!
EJWilkins: Pure sunlight Richard smile
I like very much your composition here Ellie !
EJWilkins: Thanks, it was so easy to do, a very photogenic place smile
  • anniedog
  • United Kingdom
  • 7 Dec 2008, 10:23
Nicely composed, Ellie, with the leaves framing the building and the steps leading the eye upwards.
Ingrid
EJWilkins: They made it that way without any help from me Ingrid. This was taken about a third of the way up the steps, I didn't even have to bend down. smile
Very nice shot Ellie, and I'm glad they are not overzealous with the weeding.
EJWilkins: Those yellow flowers were absolutely everywhere. I'm not sure what they were but they look so beautiful.
  • Astrid
  • Netherlands
  • 7 Dec 2008, 11:56
This is a fabulous picture, it is an invitation to walk the stairs and see what is in the chapel.
Great colours.
EJWilkins: You're right, it was inviting. Just to stand at that exact spot and look upwards. Part of the magic of the place Astrid
Nicely composed picture Ellie and again much interesting information.
EJWilkins: Thanks Brian, I must admit though that the composition bit was easy, all I had to do was stand there and take a picture of what somebody else had designed
  • Alan
  • Southampton, on the sunny south coast of England
  • 7 Dec 2008, 12:40
A lovely image, full of bright colours set against a good sky. I like the use of the steps as the lead. Thanks for the notes; very informative as usual.
EJWilkins: It's a gorgeous, glorious place Alan, you'd like it I'm sure
A fine angle on this building Ellie, looks good to me.
EJWilkins: They certainly knew how to design things to look nice and have a function. Just think, this is at the end of an aqueduct
Oh no, Ellie, don't tell me its the local rubbish dump that can be seen through that gap!
I love Portugal, and my brother has a house there, we would have gone there to live but the cost of living is much lower in Spain, so we came here instead.
EJWilkins: Absolutely not a rubbish dump!
I'll email you a picture wink

Can't say about comparing the cost of living because I haven't been to Spain for years. Some parts of Pt are quite cheap others expensive - around Lisbon for example, which is to be expected because it's the capital.
Very well balanced shot. The colors are nice.

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